I found a beautiful puppy I want to buy. I beleave he has show potental. The breeder usually sells with a nuter contract. I told her I did not want to nuter, because I would like to show him. She said it would cost me an extra $500. I told her no, I would keep on looking. She called me back about half hour later and said she would do it IF I would agree in contract to give her 2 free breedings with him, at her expence. Is this a common practice?
Anyone that charges more for breeding rights if you want to not alter the dog is a no no to me. Ether the dog is quality or is not, and the price should not change it is the contract that should change in my opinion.
Plus the two free breedings back why? If he is so nice she should keep him herself not try to wrangle you into walking around with her sperm container.
I would not go for it. Sounds like she doesn't really know what shes talking about. Although it is common practice and reasonable to charge more for breeding prospects or show prospects $500 seems like a big jump for just the breeding rights, usually its more around $200. Keep looking, i'm sure you'll find someone better that can really truely give you a show prospect pup!!
This is a very normal thing. I show dogs and they offer this usually with females. They want to keep their blood lines going. They do this so they can spread out thier puppys and have access to them as they bred. They in return should give you the dog for( if it is a good breader) for really cheap. In my experiences free!!!
This is a fairly common practice (at least in bullbreeds) Not sure what kind of dog you are looking at or what the standard prices are, so it's hard to say whether $500 more is too much to ask. I have American Bulldogs, and many breeders sell thier pet quality pups on a spay/neuter contract for about $600... the show/breed prospects are ranging from $1000-$1500. Many breeders will sell a show/breed prospect for a bit less than the full price ($800-$1000) and contract for breeding rights, studs back, or pups back.
Now a co-ownership is a bit different. Most breeders placing a dog in co-ownership will place the dog for free or at the pet quality price and they will remain very involved in what you do with the dog...often times they will cover show and training expenses and cover stud fees, etc. (depends on the breeder really) In a co-ownership, both you and the breeder are the registered owners of the dog. In the situation you mentioned, you should be the sole registered owner of the dog.
Most reputable working/show breeders like to co-own dogs for many reasons. For myself, I like to keep dogs out of each of my breedings and place into good working/show homes. I am only one person and can only properly care for, train and show a certain number of dogs... by co-owning dogs, I can assure that the dogs are given all the time and attention they deserve while still being able to continue on with my breeding program.
***Edited By: BullyMom on 9/30/2005 2:08:25 AM*** Reason: add